Kristin Leclaire’s sophomores are finishing up their study of The Kite Runner. They’ve had a series of in-class fishbowl discussions about the book, but on their next-to-last one over Chapter 23 they had some additional input to consider.
If you take a look at that post, you’ll see the above picture sent to them from Afghanistan by Rob, an American who’s currently serving as Senior Military Adviser to the Afghan Army’s National Threat Warning Center in Kabul. Then if you scroll through the comments you’ll come to this one by Rob, where he gives them a little bit of his perspective, and then asks them a question about whether social class – in light of their study of Kite Runner – is still important. Many students respond to the question, and then Rob comes back one more time with some additional information.
Nothing earth shattering here, but this is what I’d like to see much more of in all of our classes. We should be reaching out to folks in different locations and with different perspectives, including “experts” but also just people with different life experiences. It’s so easy to do, whether it’s asynchronous like this example, or the use of something like Skype for synchronous conversation. I guess I’m wondering why it doesn’t happen more often.
What’s holding you back?